[AS. henep.] A fibrous plant of the genus Cannabis. It is cultivated in many parts of the world, but most largely in Poland and in the centre and south of European Russia. Hemp varies from 4 to 12 feet in height. The stem is hollow or filled with pith, and the bark contains a useful fibre, which is extracted and used for making canvas, ropes, sail-cloth, bagging, and other articles. The seed is often used to feed poultry and small birds, and it also yields an oil very good for burning, and also a narcotic resin called hasheesh.